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Communications ministry merger still in the works

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Despite being first on the list of government’s consolidation plan, the communications and telecommunications departments are still in the process of establishing a unifiedministry that will drive SA’s ICT agenda.

Minister in the communications ministry, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

In 2014, the Department of Communications (DOC) was separated by former president Jacob Zuma into the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and a "new" DOC.

Last November, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the merger of the two ministries, marking the first outcome of the review process of the size and shape of the national executive and government departments. During his Cabinet announcement last month, Ramaphosa revealed further reconfiguration of ministries in his administration.

It is the view of the president that the size and shape of the state is suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.

Detailing the progress made since Ramaphosa’s merger announcement in 2018, the DOC says it is working on the structure for the consolidated department, noting the merger will be done in line with the process and associated timeframes of the National Macro-Organisation of the State (NMOS).

“The NMOS process, for the entire government, is facilitated and led by the Department of Public Service and Administration,” it states.

As for how much longer the consolidation process will take, it says: “According to the set timeframes, the NMOS process should be concluded by December 2019.”

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